In arguably the most dramatic game in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX after Russell Wilson was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Even though New England Patriots have now won their fourth Super Bowl title and quarterback Tom Brady his fourth as well, there is nonetheless a sense of what if for the Seattle Seahawks.
Everybody in the football universe was shocked that the Seahawks chose a pass play while placed at the one-yard line with 26 seconds left on the clock on a 2nd Down play. Seattle had one timeout and essentially three opportunities for the go-ahead TD, but rather than give Marshawn Lynch the opportunity to punch the ball into the endzone, Russell Wilson's quick short slant pass was intercepted by Butler.
Irvin lets loose on Carroll's huge error
Commentators, experts and fans across the globe commented on their shock at the decision by the Seahawks, with Seattle coach Pete Carroll admitting post-game that he "didn't want to waste a run play".
To add to the Seahawks' misery, linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected after a scuffle shortly after Butler's interception. Irvin was visibly angry following Seattle's huge error, and post-game he slammed the call by his coach.
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"We beat 'em, bro. We beat 'em. I'm speechless. Best back in the league, and the 1-yard-line? It wasn't even the 1 -- it was like half a yard. We were on the half-yard line and we throw a slant," Irvin told NFL insider Michael Silver post-game.
"I don’t know what the offense had going on, what they saw. I will never understand that, bro. I just don’t understand. I will never understand."
"When Jermaine caught that ball, I felt it was meant to be for us. Oh, no doubt -- we're gonna score. Beast Mode. Beast Mode! Best back on the (expletive) planet. That's crazy!"
Carroll defends his decision
Even though it was offensive coordinator Darren Bevell who made the call on the huge play, he made the pass play call after heeding advice from coach Carroll.
"I made the decision," Carroll told ESPN. "I said, 'Throw the ball,' and we went with the play that we thought would give us a chance to get in the end zone.
"We were going to run the ball in to win the game, but not on that play. I didn't want to waste a run play on their goal-line guys. It was a clear thought, but it didn't work out right. The guy [Butler] made a play that no one would have thought he could make."
Even though the play call may have been surprising, it was still Russell Wilson who threw the interception and Ricardo Lockette who failed to bring the ball in.
Many fans have slammed Pete Carroll for the Super Bowl-losing error, but what are your thoughts NFL fans? Is Pete Carroll to blame? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.
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